“A timely, essential read for anyone who feels overcommitted, overloaded, or overworked.”—Adam Grant
Have you ever:
• found yourself stretched too thin?
• simultaneously felt overworked and underutilized?
• felt busy but not productive?
• felt like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people’s agendas?
If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is the Way of the Essentialist.
Essentialism is more than a time-management strategy or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution toward the things that really matter.
By forcing us to apply more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy—instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us.
Essentialism is not one more thing—it’s a whole new way of doing everything. It’s about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives. Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.
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Table of Contents
Part I Essence: What is the core mind-set of an Essentialist?
1 The Essentialist 1
2 Choose: The Invincible Power of Choice 33
3 Discern: The Unimportance of Practically Everything 41
4 Trade-Off: Which Problem Do I Want? 49
Part II Explore: How can we discern the trivial many from the vital few?
5 Escape: The Perks of Being Unavailable 63
6 Look: See What Really Matters 73
7 Play: Embrace the Wisdom of Your Inner Child 83
8 Sleep: Protect the Asset 91
9 Select: The Power of Extreme Criteria 103
Part III Eliminate: How can we cut out the trivial many?
10 Clarify: One Decision That Makes a Thousand 119
11 Dare: The Power of a Graceful "No" 131
12 Uncommit: Win Big by Cutting Your Losses 145
13 Edit: The Invisible Art 155
14 Limit: The Freedom of Setting Boundaries 163
Part IV Execute: How can we make doing the vital few things almost effortless?
15 Buffer: The Unfair Advantage 175
16 Subtract: Bring Forth More by Removing Obstacles 185
17 Progress: The Power of Small Wins 193
18 Flow: The Genius of Routine 203
19 Focus: What's Important Now? 215
20 BE: The Essentialist Life 225
Appendix: Leadership Essentials 239